Holy Trinity Congregation


CTR News September 2017

Flowers rota for October.

15th. Miss M Law

22nd. Mrs M Simpson

The Mayor of Rotherham, Eve-Rose Keenan has invited us to join her in a 'Vintage Tea Party' at Shiloh on Saturday 21 October at 3.30 to 5.30

To raise funds for her chosen charities this year (one of which is Shiloh). Admission is £4 and there is a poster on the noticeboard with all the information on. It should be a great afternoon so please make every effort to attend and support her in her fundraising.


The practices start for this year’s advent praise special service on 4th October at 7.30pm in church. The advent service is on Sunday 3rd December at 6pm. If you would like to join the choir for this special occasion please come along. ‘Sanctuary’ will also be sung here in church on Tuesday November 28th at 7.30pm as part of our link meetings with Wentworth.

'Memory walk'

Revd Lynn completed the ‘memory walk’ last Sunday. Thanks to everyone who has made a donation.

Bags of clothes for Uganda fund raising.

Joyce and Colin’s granddaughter, Jessica, would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all those who donated bags of old clothes, shoes, handbags towards the bags for schools collection in order to raise money towards the charitable trip to Uganda. There are eight students in total from Jessica’s sixth form who will be going to Uganda in July 2018 and between them they raised £180 with the bags of clothes towards their £10k target. Thank you also to those who donated money. The money they raise will be used to build a new medical clinic. More information can be found at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/olcc2018?View+your+page=View+your+page Thank you once again.

Deanery/Diocesan News

The Autumn Edition of the Network magazine can be found at the back of church. Please take time to read and see what's happening in the Diocese. There is an article on our new Bishop, Pete Wilcox who was installed last month. He asks us to think generous thoughts, to speak generous words and to act generously in every way. This is something that was very much in evidence at the Harvest Festival Services held in church for both the Infants and Junior Schools this Wednesday. The children were certainly very generous in their donations and thanks to Richard Perry and Ann Marson for taking the donations down to Shiloh afterwards - they were really grateful. There is an article on Page 10 on 'Messy Church' at Rotherham Show written by Peter Rainford from St Johns Kimberworth which includes a photo of Richard Perry and some of his helpers at the show - again a sign of generosity towards others in our community.

Hosting with HOSTUK 2017-18

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2

How true such advice can be. Hospitality is an equal partnership, the feel-good factor of offering it and the delight in receiving it. HOST UK is a charity whose mission is to give a welcome to international students in British homes for friendship and cultural exchange. We operate all year round including Christmas and New Year when being welcomed into a home is vastly preferable to lonely halls of residence. Hospitality can be offered for one day (daytime only), three days and two nights at the weekend, or at New Year, or four days and three nights during the Christmas festive period. The choice is yours. And remember...your offer can be made at any time of the year. If you should like to know more please look at our website: www.hostuk.org Or email us on: info@hostuk.org Or telephone us on: 020 7739 6292

Prayer Tree

The prayer tree has moved to the porch for a while so we cannot miss it! Let's make October a prayerful month. The idea is for us to share favourite prayers which you like or have found useful, or to use one as a starting point in your chat with God. Please add a prayer or take one away with you to say later on or in church. Olive.

Carol singing at Morrison's Tuesday 5th December at 2.30.

Please come if you are able. Ken and Kath

ChildAid Matters and ChildAid Christmas Cards

Copies of the new edition of ChildAid Matters are available in the Narthex. This is a particularly interesting issue because it features the project Holy Trinity supports on the first page – New Beginning in Ukraine. There is some really good news. Please take a copy. There are also copies of the ChildAid Christmas card catalogue. As in previous years, please fill in an order form and let me know if you would like to be part of a joint order so that we can save on postage. Please return the form to me by Sunday 15 October. Thank you. Hilary 246 3857 hilary.perry@btinternet.com

Fashion Show - Sat 4th November at 3.30pm in TCC

This should be a great event with lots of bargains in ladies, childrenswear and accessories. We need ladies and children models and also people to help on the day. Tickets are £5 which includes a glass of prosecco or a soft drink and entrance into the lucky ticket draw. Children are free. There will also be a raffle for vouchers to spend on the day and other prizes. Please see Kay, Fiona or Jules for tickets or Kay if you would like to be a model.


Of food stuffs and toiletries for Shiloh can still be left each week in the cupboard in the narthex (see poster for suitable items). This is emptied every week and taken down to Shiloh by Jayne Spaven. who volunteers there. If you have donations of bedding/towels/clothing please see Richard Pilley who will happily collect it and take it down for you if you are unable to take it yourself.

Water Butt at Church

For your information there is now a water butt next to the shed in the upper car park. This is available to anyone attending a grave and needing water for flowers etc. Thanks go to Mick Brooke who sorted this for us a couple of weeks ago - It's already full! We will be putting up posters in Church and TCC but will need to wait until October to get a note in Grapevine. In the meantime , please pass the news around to anyone who you think may benefit from this. Steve Wilson

Shoe boxes.

Please start to collect your empty shoe boxes ready for the Christmas appeal. You may bring them to church where Kath Scott will collect them and store them ready for filling later.

Facebook and Twitter

We are working on refreshing the Facebook page and considering reducing the amount of posts we upload as we have recently found ourselves at saturation point. If we over-post, we run the risk of losing 'likes' and page visits. We plan to keep a couple of days free to use for special, up and coming events and notices. Therefore, we will continue to have a set schedule throughout the week and any additional, last minute posts will be church related only. Where, possible, could users of TCC send to their page instead as this would help promote the centre. Please continue to encourage friends and family to like the page and interact, as when people do, it is also seen by all the people on their friends list - so spreading the word even further afield! We have increased the following by 100+ in the past few months which is fabulous considering it has been done all word of mouth. Let's keep it going!

An evening with 'Steve Rutherford and Friends'

Wednesday October 25th 7pm at Holy Trinity - tickets £3 in advance or £4 on the door. The Village Band are playing and there will be lots of other items of entertainment plus refreshments. All proceeds to Shiloh. Steve (the Birdman) approached Lynn about organising this event so please support him if you can - it should be a great evening. For tickets see Ann Marson (Sat Morning/Sunday morning) or Jayne Spaven (Sunday evening/Tuesday Church).


As you all know the stonework to the remaining 3 sides of the church is in need of serious repair!  We were able to fund renovation of the West End & Tower out of our own funds together with the generous support of our congregation. However, WE as a church will still need to raise additional funds to show OUR commitment to this project, at the moment we think about an additional £5000 together with £20,000 we have already committed from general funds we hold. We are blessed with a lovely church and this grant will help us to keep Holy Trinity weathertight and looking good for many more years. Please would you prayerfully think if you are able to make a donation towards this project. If you are able to then please place your donation in an envelope. If you are able to gift aid your gift that would be even better.

Church recording

If you know of anyone who would appreciate a recording of the morning service delivering to their door please let Colin know. This may be short term whilst someone is ill, or long term. The service is now recorded on a CD.


We have recently had a few advertisers not renewing their adverts and at present we have a few spaces available. The income from advertising in the Grapevine is a good income stream for the Church and so to maximise this we would like to fill these spaces asap. The Grapevine is delivered free to every home (approx 2400) in Thorpe Hesley & Scholes every month and so is a great way for a business to promote itself. If you have any work done in the near future by a trader who doesn't advertise in the Grapevine, please make them aware of it, show them a copy and tell them how good it is. If they are interested get their details so that I can ring them. Our prices are very reasonable compared to other publications in the area. Alternatively give them my contact number - 07742 000765. Steve Wilson

Art Group For Fun

Meets on Thursdays 9.30-11.30am in the narthex- pencil drawing, watercolour painting, plenty of chatting, lots of fun- why not pop in and join us. Jane Allonby.


We have now reached the end of the first quarter of our financial year & I would like to update everyone of our progress. When we launched our Stewardship campaign for 2016 our objective was to receive £900 per week through Regular Giving.  13 Weeks in, the objective is to have received £11700.00. I am pleased to report that our Regular Gift Aided giving, Gift Aid to be received, other planned giving (not Gift Aided) has totalled £11094.95.  If we then include the monies received in the collection plate (funerals included) this becomes £11956.05,  slightly ahead of our objective! Can I thank everyone for showing their commitment to the life of the Church.


Offertory Collections During Services

On occasion during services in church a collection plate will be passed during the offertory hymn. If you are a regular giver please continue to do so in your usual way and just pass the plate on to the next person. If you feel it appropriate at this time you may like to take the opportunity to give a little extra.

Trinity Centre Library

Please use the library and encourage friends and neighbours as well - if we don't use it we might lose it!!

Churches together in Rotherham.

Please see the news sheet on the notice board in the narthex for the latest news, information and events.

Children and photographs

If anyone takes a photograph of a child on our site, at Church, Trinity Community Centre, in the churchyard/grounds, or at any other place where an event connected with us is taking place e.g. Scholes Cricket Ground, Church Weekend etc. please will you make sure that the parents or adult with decision making responsibility for that child is happy with the photograph being taken and possibly appearing on a web site. This should be of particular consideration if the photograph is intended for our website the Diocesan/ District website or any other website. Even if the photograph is of the same child taken just a few days after the last photograph taken where permission was asked for, circumstances my change that make it unwise for that child’s photograph to be displayed in such a way. We are therefore asking that on every occasion however short a time elapses that permission is sought.   

Pewsheet by email

If you signed up to receive the pewsheet by email you should now be receiving it. If you have signed up to do this but have not received it please let Joyce know. It may be that your address has been typed in wrongly.

How to Give

Sometimes I receive an enquiry of how to give regularly to Church. Firstly, if you are a taxpayer putting cash in the collection plate, the church looses out on 28p for evey £1 in Gift Aid. It is better to use a bank standing order or weekly envelopes so that Gift Aid can be given. A bank standing order transfers a standing order of money to the Church's bank account each month. You control the amount and the monthly date of payment. If you wish to stop simply advise the bank to cancel the standing order. A standing order with a Gift Aid declaration is available from Church Wardens or Stewards. Boxes of weekly envelopes start on the first Sunday in January and run through the year. There may be a spare set available at other times of the year if you wish to use them. Each envelope has the Sunday date printed upon them. You can vary the amount you give each week or give the same amount. Again these are available from Church Wardens or Stewards. Remember to complete a Gift Aid declaration if you are a taxpayer. If anyone wishes to discuss their giving, in confidence, please contact me Steve Baker - Treasurer 0114 2453928

New book out detailing the history of Thorpe Hesley

One of our Church members, Tom Doncaster, has written the book Images of the Past- Thorpe Hesley covering many aspects of the history of Thorpe Hesley. It is being sold at the price of £4.95 with all profits going into Church funds. Copies are on sale in Church, at the Village Shop on Brook Hill in Thorpe Hesley and Wentworth Post Office. In case of difficulty contact the author at tomdoncaster@totalise.co.uk or Tel: 01142463437.